West Indies Appoint Ramdin As Test Captain

Denesh Ramdin
Denesh Ramdin takes over the Test captaincy from Darren Sammy
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Denesh Ramdin has been appointed as the new West Indies Test captain, replacing Darren Sammy, who had held the post since 2010.

Wicket-keeper Ramdin steps up from the vice-captaincy and the reshuffle means that the West Indies now have different captains for all three formats of the game.

Sammy will remain as Twenty20 captain while Dwayne Bravo is the One-Day International skipper.

Ramdin has led the Under-19 side before and was recommended as Test captain by the West Indies Selection Panel, and the recommendation was approved by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Board of Directors.

He has played 56 Tests, 109 ODIs and 46 Twenty20 Internationals, and says he is honoured to be given the role, which will be up for review again in 2015.

"It is an honour to be named as captain of the West Indies Test team. This is a huge opportunity and as a unit we are capable of representing the people of the West Indies," he said.

"It is something very special to represent the people of the West Indies and to be named to the lead the Test team and chart the course forward is humbling and extra special.

"I thank the WICB for affording me this incredible opportunity and I also thank the TTCB for the opportunity to lead Trinidad & Tobago.

"I am taking over from Darren who did a good job while he was at the helm. He is a very humble and hardworking cricketer and during his time at the helm we won six matches and gave his all to the job.

"My first assignment will be against New Zealand at home and this promises to be a very exciting series.

"I am a very calm individual and I will bring that level of calmness to the job and to the team as we look to move forward and build a winning Test team which will make the people of the West Indies proud."

Ramdin become the second wicket-keeper to assume the role on a full-time basis, following in the footsteps of Gerry Alexander.

The first Test against New Zealand begins on 8th June in Jamaica.

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Fixtures & Results
8th-12th June: 1st Test, Kingston, Jamaica
New Zealand 508-7 dec. & 156-8 dec. beat
West Indies 262 & 216 by 186 runs
16th-20th June: 2nd Test, Port of Spain, Trinidad
West Indies 460 & 95-0 (Gayle 80no) beat
New Zealand 221 & 331 by 10 wickets
26th-30th June: 3rd Test, Barbados
New Zealand 293 & 331-7 dec. beat
West Indies 317 & 254 (Holder 52) by 53 runs
5th July: 1st T20I, Roseau, Dominica
New Zealand 117-4 (McCullum 40) beat
West Indies 132-7 (Fletcher 52) by 12 runs (D/L)
6th July: 2nd T20I, Roseau, Dominica
West Indies 165-6 (Fletcher 62) beat
New Zealand 126 (Cottrell 3-28) by 39 runs